When Wordlexpo puts out a seven inch, and there isn’t even a hint of a digital sample, you know they mean business. Doing their best to keep vinyl alive on 45 at a time, the latest from veteran NYC emcee Oxygen is a treat for you forty five hip hop collectors. A member of the group Soundsci, Ox holds down the mic lovely, and has been releasing some great records with the group and on the solo tip over the past few years. These raps were from the late eighties/ early nineties when Ox was then known as Just Divine. Fast forward to now and with some production from Jonny Cuba and cuts by Ollie Teeba, they’re both a sure shot for the ’16. The flute and crisp drums on “1-4-9” are super fresh, cuts are correct and that bass line will have your head nodding from start to finish. The flip, “Droppin Bombs”, bit slower than the uptempo A side still knocks. Deep once again with the bass, Ox spits over some TV detective type stuff. These rhymes prove that Ox, then Just Divine can stand the test of time. Dude had bars then, he’s got bars now. If you haven’t been exposed to this great emcee, there’s no better time than now. And while you’re at it, his band mates from Soundsci know a thing or too about crafting a dope track, so check them out individually as well as a whole. This is a vinyl only release, just how we like it. Check the snippets below:
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